A retired administrator at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) was stabbed to death on Monday, with the suspect still at large.
Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, was found with multiple stab wounds in a silver Infiniti sedan parked outside an administrative building in the 600 block of Langsdorf Drive after 8:30 a.m, Fullerton police said.
Homicide – Cal State Fullerton – Request for Public’s Help Identifying Suspect and Suspect Vehicle pic.twitter.com/51Y9ZfOLJO
— FullertonPD PIO (@FPDPIO) August 20, 2019
Chan, a retired annuitant from Hacienda Heights, returned to the school to work in international student registration, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Jon Radus. He was found dead on the scene after what police believe to be a targeted attack.
A backpack found underneath his car prompted police to call for a bomb squad, which found an “incendiary device” and tools that could be used in a kidnapping. A weapon similar to the one used in the killing was also recovered.
The suspect, an Asian man in his mid-20s, was wearing a black windbreaker and black pants. He was last spotted running north on the campus’s Langsdorf Drive and east on Nutwood Avenue.
Newly-released CCTV footage shows the suspect leaving in a black four-door sedan with black wheels and dark, tinted windows, which investigators believe is a newer BMW X6 model. They also believe that he was injured during the attack, possibly having lacerations to one or both of his hands.
However, it’s unclear whether the suspect — who remains at large — is a student at the university. Police are still looking into a possible motivation for the crime.
“There is obviously the belief at this particular point in time that the faculty member… was targeted,” Radus said, according to KTLA. “It’s unknown if or why the suspect left that backpack there.”
Until the suspect is caught, some students are worried about their safety.
“It worries me. I walk here all the time,” Leslie Cano said, according to CBS LA. “I park off-campus. I don’t want this to happen one day when I’m walking home alone at night.”
In an open letter, CSUF President Framroze Virjee offered condolences to Chan’s loved ones and condemned his killing as “a tragic and senseless attack.”
“As the investigation into Steven’s death is ongoing, we are unable to provide information beyond what the Fullerton Police share publicly.
“What I can do, however, is join all of you in adding to the tremendous outreach of love and support that has already embraced our Titan Family during this tragic and difficult time. That begins with pausing in thought and prayer for Steven, his family, and all Titans who are grieving and grappling with the reality of such an unspeakable act and tragic loss in our community.
“To that end, on behalf of all Titans, I reached out to Steven’s loved ones this afternoon to express our condolences and offer any other support that we can. Please join me in continuing to keep them and all those affected by this tragic and senseless loss in our thoughts and prayers.”
CAMPUS UPDATE 6 PM: A letter from President Framroze Virjee about the loss of our colleague Steven Chan, a beloved and long-serving member of the Titan Family. https://t.co/rNZ0qD6nHz
— Cal State Fullerton (@csuf) August 20, 2019
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact Detective Chandler at (714)738-6754 or [email protected] Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at (1)855TIPS-OCCS or visit their website at crimestoppers.org.